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I am a 35 yr. old, white female. I have a problem of having diarrhea within an instant. For example, usually within 20 minutes after I eat. Sometimes it hits me and sometimes it does not! There is no blood, but there is alot of mucus, grease and the BM's are very loose. Sometimes like water. No certian foods do it. Sometimes something will bother me and the next time I eat it may not. As soon as I eat my stomach swells and I can hardly keep my pants buttoned. When the diarrhea hits me, I get cold sweats, feel like I could throw up and have severe stomach pain. Once the BM's are relieved, I am fine. I may have to make several trips to the toliet before I am releived. What could this be,IBS?
 
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SpudderI am new to this aswell - it does sound like IBS but the only advice I can give you is to see your Doctor and see if you can get some tests done - the tests sound alot worse than they are !You will get alot of great information and advice on this BB so you are in the right place.Good luck
 

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Hi spudder, I have been having the same thing as you and I have been already to the dr. and she said I have IBS so I am no dr. but it sounds like you have this stuff as well, welcome to IBS. The only advice I have for you is fiber fiber, it does work. I have to watch what I eat and if you take a book and write everything down you eat will see what it is for you. I do hope this helps you. Good luck.
 
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Hi Spudder - I have it almost as bad as you.. same symptoms.. but not the swelling. Strange.. the same 20 minute syndrome. Caltrate plus.. in small dosage.. has helped and try to stay away from animal fat. But see your doc!Good luck - Flax
 
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Hi Spudder,I've had IBS for about 17 years, since I was 17 years old. Your symptoms sound very much like what some of us with IBS experience on a daily to every-so-often basis. It's a good idea to check with a doctor, get a diagnosis and discuss your options. If it is IBS your doctor may suggest medication. This is a start. You may or may not want to take his advice, or drugs. I, for one, have coped with daily medication for most of the time I've had it, but have added lots of other things along the way (diet awareness and restrictions, stress release, therapy for the emotional side of it, Caltrate Plus, regular exercise, etc.). I now use less meds, am more aware of when it's going to hit and know what foods and drink usually cause an episode. Some days I'm in the bathroom all day, like around the time I'm having my period. This I just accept. After you've seen a doctor read this and other bulletin boards, there are lots of ways that different people deal with the same disease. Fiber diets, for example, work for some people, but they worsen my symptoms 10 times over. Don't feel that there is only one way to do it, no matter what some insist. Everyone has their own triggers, you'll find your. By the way, you may want to keep track of your emotional or stress states before or during the time an attack occurs. Stress or severe emotions may play a part, too.Good luck! If you do have it, it's totally liveable. I kayak, hike, travel and lots of other active stuff. It is possible.Jennifer
 

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spudder,Sorry you may be joining us.. but this is a good resource. Like all the others say, see a doctor first. there are a lot of options now, but you really need to eliminate other things before you definitely treat it as IBS.It sounds like it... but the symptoms are shared with other things
 
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Thank you! I was beginning to think NO ONE had the same type of symptoms I was having and I would never find out what was happening to me. When I read your message I felt so relieved, just knowing that my symptoms are real and that I may finally know what is happening is great. It's almost to the point where I won't eat anything if I am not at home - I never know when these attacks will happen and you surely know too that they come on so fast and they are so violent you can't stop them - it can be very embarrassing if you are in public! I hope we both can find out more answers to help us with this.
 

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Spudder, I strongly urge you to see a doctor. A GI specialist, after tests are all negative, will usually give an IBS diagnosis. It is important to rule out more serious conditions which may be present.
 
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